University of Iowa News Release
Jan. 23, 2004
Pianist Greene Returns To UI For Feb. 7 Concert
Pianist Arthur Greene, who taught at the University of Iowa School of Music 1986-88, returns to the UI campus to present a free guest recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 in Clapp Recital Hall.
Now chair of the piano department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Greene is looking forward to his return to the UI campus. "I have wonderful memories of my time in Iowa City," he said, "and I have not had the opportunity to return since I left Iowa in 1988."
During his two years at the UI, Greene appeared with the University Symphony in a performance of Brahms' Second Piano Concerto, played a chamber music concert with the late violinist Leopold La Fosse from the UI and performed a solo recital.
His Feb. 7 recital at the UI will feature Frederic Chopin's Nocturne in E-flat Major, op. 55 no. 2 and Ballade G Minor; Beethoven's "Appasionata" Sonata; Eight Etudes, opus 42 by Alexander Scriabin; and the Sonata No. 7 by Sergei Prokofiev.
The winner of gold medals in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, Greene was described as "a profound musician" by the Washington Post and "a masterful pianist" by the New York Times.
Greene has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Utah and National Symphonies, the Czech National Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, the National Symphony of Ukraine and many others orchestras. He has played solo recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Moscow's Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo's Bunka Kaikan, the Lisbon Sao Paulo Opera House, Hong Kong City Hall and concert houses in Shanghai and Beijing. He has toured Japan 12 times.
Greene was among the first pianists selected for the Xerox Pianists program. He was also an Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency. He has performed the complete solo piano works of Johannes Brahms in a series of six programs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Greene has a particular liking for the piano music of the esoteric Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, and has performed the cycle of 10 sonatas many times, as well as the complete etudes.
Greene received degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School of Music.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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